ASTEYA, non-stealing

Non-stealing is the concern of the third YAMA, or don’t. You might think, ‘Well, that’s easy. I don’t steal handbags, cars or televisions, ‘ but it’s deeper. It’s not just about stealing another’s possessions, but also stealing another’s time or peace of mind. We steal someone else’s time when we are unpunctual, or by being careless with paperwork. We steal another person’s good name when we gossip about them. We can even be guilty of stealing someone else’s good mood! When you’re feeling grumpy, how easy is it to let that spread!

We can be stealing opportunities from ourselves, too. If we hold back, out of shyness or a lack of confidence, we steal chances for growth from ourselves. Give it some thought. It is an interesting ethic for life…